Flying Free

Uploaded: September 26, 2012 12:46:45


From a trip to DC this summer. Taken at the Washington Monument in natural light :)

Exif: F Number: 2.8, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/8000 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 1600, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 50D


Debbra Bailey September 26, 2012

OK, from one angled DC shot to another! I took about a gazillion shots at this angle waiting for the flag to look just right.... #1488690

Stephen Shoff September 26, 2012

Good for you! I had the same experience -- it took a lot of tries to catch the one image where "it all came together". Great compositional symmetry and repetition here. You filled the negative space better than most of our compositions. #10342606

Jeff E Jensen September 26, 2012

Yup, you did good on this one, Deb! #10342630

Anthony L. Mancuso September 26, 2012

Yeah that's a super cool POV and the it was worth the wait to get the flag just right... #10342810

Debbie E. Payne September 26, 2012

All good things come to those who "Wait", I really like this POV. The important question is ; Who took the picture of you taking a picture of it.? #10342817

Michael Kelly level-classic September 26, 2012

Great job in waiting for the perfect shot. This is a fresh view of a well photographed landmark and it works beautifully. Filling the frame with the flag was a great idea as there is no way to get a traditional POV shot of that skinny monument that is nearly this dramatic. #10342897

Beth Spencer September 26, 2012

Great shot and a great angle...Also a very unique view, and it was worth your wait.. #10342915

Rita K. Connell level-classic September 26, 2012

really like this shot, the pov is very nice as well and the postion of the flag. I am glad you waited....

was the original sky? it looks really good. #10342929

Teresa H. Hunt September 27, 2012

I love this one Deb! It's hard to get a different view of something so famous and I think you did a great job :) #10343701

Debbra Bailey September 27, 2012

Thank you everyone! I appreciate the comments :) Rita, this is the actual sky, not a replacement, but I did play with it a bit. It was a pretty drab day, so I tried to enhance what was there! #10343705

Aimee C. Eisaman September 27, 2012

Bravo on waiting it out! I really like the POV, angle, and esp. the slight blur at the end of the flag to shows it was blowing in the wind. :~) I do see some color banding in the sky of pink and cyan, but it is so very slight. #10343995

lisa anderson September 27, 2012

I agree with everyone :) Your flag is so recognizable; doing a similar shot with a canadian flag wouldn't work as well, I think #10344049

Teresa H. Hunt September 27, 2012

I was just going through my shots of the Washington Monument . . . none of mine have the impact this one does. Dang!

Fantastic job Deb. I'd hang this on my wall, I really love it :) #10344299

Dale Hardin September 28, 2012

Makes my heart thump just to see old Glory flying and your POV makes it even better. Thanks for taking the time to get this. #10345517

Sue C. Cole September 28, 2012

Love, Love, Love this one! #10345711

Peter W. Marks September 29, 2012

As others have referenced Debbra, this is a very unusual view of the flag and the diagonal works perfectly. Yup, I like this! #10346716

Debbra Bailey September 30, 2012

Thanks everyone! #10347803

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict October 17, 2012

Ad everyone else's just about as perfect as you could get. Very cool idea for your POV!

Susan M. Reynolds level-addict October 20, 2012

P.S. "As" and Kudos on your well-deserved EP!

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